May 6, 2007

Ubuntu 7.04/8.04 and Mouse Wheel

I've just installed unbuntu 7.04 in VMWare. Everything is cool except that the mouse wheel stops working.

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Find the mouse section which may look like

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ps/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"

Change Options "Protocol" "ps/2" to Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"

Save the file and restart X (ctrl + alt + backspace).

It works for me. Happy scrolling!

UPDATE: 2008-8-18

Now with Ubuntu 8.04 running in VMWare Workstation 6.04 on Windows Server 2008...

The working config for me is as below:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "vmmouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

The mouse cursor moves very smoothly crosses hosting and virtual machine seamlessly.


Anonymous said...

Yes, it works in my vmware too! Thanks for your tips!

Nico said...


Alexandre said...

why can't i find the /usr/X11/xorg.conf file, nor the /usr/X11/ directory?

i also did a search of the entire filesystem and did not find any file named xorg.conf. what have i done wrong?

(running Ubuntu 7.04 - the Feisty Fawn - released in April 2007, inside a vmware player)

Bill White said...

Excellent - thank you!

btw, 'locate xorg.conf' finds the file in /etc/..., not /usr/...

Cheers -


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